Gardening can bring people joy. Gardens of any size, whether they’re mini office gardens or large backyard gardens, they add a touch of nature and beauty to your surroundings and life. If you’re an established gardener and are looking to make yours a bit more unique, this is a handy guide on easy and simple ways you can do it. Here are five ways to make your garden unique.
Walk Alongside, Not Through
Whether you have a garden in the front or backyard, you may want to set up a walkthrough or sidewalk. Often times, gardeners will place a cement walkthrough that cuts directly through their yard and will lead up to their door. If you want to place a unique walkthrough, try setting it up in a way that trails alongside your plants rather than through them. Setting it up this way will help your guests further appreciate the plant life you have worked on, allowing them to walk next to their beauty rather than cutting quickly through it. For an even better experience, use tiles or artistic stone slabs as the walkway instead of plain and boring cement. Using tiles and stones can also add a pop of color to your garden.
Order Unique & Fun Plants Online
The world of the internet makes it possible for you to create your perfect dream garden, so it’s time to make the most of it. To make your garden unique in the truest sense, you will need special and distinct plants. You won’t find seeds for special plants at your local nursery or home improvement store. The best place to search is online where they can provide additional information for each unique plant and how to make them flourish. Look for species that will fit your garden or theme. Look for plants that are unusual or have stunning beauty to really amaze your guests. Be careful of buying species of plants that are illegal or prohibited for your area or state. You can find handy guides on invasive illegal species of plants online.
Establish a Theme
One of the easiest ways to make your garden truly unique is by establishing a theme and building upon it. Most gardens don’t really have a theme at all and are just a mosh posh of several different plants. Pick a theme you like and don’t worry about how complicated or simple it is. It can be as simple as the color orange, or as complex as a fairy village. Once you have chosen, look for items that fit the theme such as fixtures, ceramic pots, tiled walkways, landscape edging, or plant species. All these small details will work together in harmony to present your garden’s theme in an elegant manner. Be careful not to go overboard with the fixtures and decorations. The star of your garden should the plants and they shouldn’t be outshined by accessories.
Many home gardens often lack markers or labels, leaving guests to wonder what kinds of plants and flowers they are looking at. To establish how special your garden is, place markers and labels with names and unique facts about each species of plant presently in your garden. This will allow guests to identify them and truly appreciate their beauty. Take it a step further by setting up your garden in the fashion of an art museum. Give each plant its own creative and artistic ceramic pot, or hang them alongside a wall. Set up light fixtures to give them a spotlight during the night hours. Guests will marvel at your garden’s museum-like setup and will want to wander through its beauty.
Landscaping In Shapes
A little landscaping can go a long way, but don’t limit yourself to simple shapes and trimming. Try working with fun shapes that fit the theme of your garden or will add an artistic touch. Some great examples include shaping your plants to create a pattern or miniature maze, growing them over a shaped surface, or shaping them into exotic animals. It can be as simple as growing them on an archway or as complex as flowers blossoming on large human-shaped stones. Have fun with they way you landscape and consider some shapes and patterns that can add on to the natural beauty of your garden. To help design your yard we recommend using some free landscape design software.
Once you have considered which of these unique gardening tips you want to use, incorporate them together so that they work in harmony with one another. Set up a plan to see ways in which they can work together. Overall, setting up a theme and building around it would be a great way to start. You will know that you have achieved your dreams of a unique garden when your guests begin to ask you how much you are charging for entry.
Craig is a contributor and editor at Everything Backyard, a gardening and backyard website that covers everything from gardening tips to backyard projects. He loves to spend all the time he can outdoors and find every excuse to leave his house. If you can’t get a hold of him, he is probably on a trail or a boat.